What is a training organisation?
A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is an organisation providing Vocational Education and Training (VET) to students, resulting in qualifications or statements of attainment that are recognised and accepted by industry and other educational institutions throughout Australia.
RTOs can deliver qualification based training on a pay as you go basis, also called 'fee for service', where students pay for training of a course.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are different: they must involve employment; there is a workplace context to the training; and the training delivery is usually publically funded, although there may be associated costs for the person being trained.
It's important to know that only RTOs that have been specifically approved by state and territory governments can provide apprenticeship and traineeship training.
RTOs include TAFE colleges or institutes, private providers, adult and community education providers, community groups, and schools.
They are organisations registered with the national Australian Skills Quality Authority (or the state training authority in the case of Victoria and Western Australia), and are both providers and assessors of nationally recognised training.
Only RTOs can issue Australian Qualification Framework qualifications and statements of attainment.